HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Nepal has extensive experience in facilitating Village Development Committees to prepare their water use master plans. As of 2013, they have facilitated in preparing over 100 water use master plans for the VDCs. HELVETAS has been a part of many collaborative and research efforts in the past that include Rural Village Water Resources Management Project (RVWRMP) collaboration with RAIN foundation in 2007-2009, Netherlands collaboration in 2010-2014 and Asian Highlands research project from 2012-2015. Through these experiences, HELVETAS has adjusted and incorporated new issues related to water resources, mapping their existing use and potential use. This has translated into efforts in the conservation of sources as means of adaptation to adverse impacts of climate change.
Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM) is a not-for-profit organization possessing an expertise in Earth and Water Sciences. It works on science of groundwater and aquifer based participatory processes. Nearly all of ACWADAM’s work focuses on understanding aquifers and demystifying this understanding to strongly articulate and practice the management of groundwater as a common pool. ACWADAM’s work has found application in areas of high risk and vulnerability such as the flood plains of North Bihar, the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the tribal hinterlands of Jharkhand and the drylands of Madhya Pradesh. Of particular mention is ACWADAM’s hydrogeological work in the mountainous terrain of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats. More recently, ACWADAM played a crucial role in developing The National Aquifer Mapping and Groundwater Management Plan under the Government of India’s Planning Commissions 12th Five year plan.
Atom Solar is a private limited company based in Hyderabad, India that offers consultancy services and solar power solutions. They are exclusively focused on solar water pumps and have been constantly improving their pumps for the last four years. Atom Solar has the ability to rapidly innovate, customize and develop solutions on a shoe string budget. They are pioneers in the field of low cost solar water pumps which are being seen as a social innovation with the potential of being a game changer solution. They have developed a portable solar water pumping system for small and marginal farmers called the Sun trolley. The Sun trolley won the Greenpeace Innovation Challenge Award for Renewable Energy water pump in Dec 2013, to find an alternative to diesel Irrigation pumps.
Ram Fishman of The George Washington University and Alicia Harley of Harvard University will collaborate in the design and evaluation of the SPIP portion of the project in order to rigorously evaluate different institutional designs. The study will further seek to analyze the benefits SPIP would bring to women and small and marginal farmers.
Theme Leader, Water and Air
Special Project Coordinator – WLE